Saturday, October 8, 2011
BACK AT THE LAKE
Keep in mind, you still have to bring your fishing equipment as well. Belly boats are different so you will have to decide yourself how to arrange everything you need in, on, and around the boat. There will be plenty of room on the boat for equipment and plenty of compartments for water, snacks, a rain jacket, a camera , and other items you may feel you just can't do without. I do have one recommendation: be sure to bring an extra reel, lures, leaders, and a second rod if possible. When something happens to a piece of your equipment, it can be a long kick back to shore. You will certainly waste a lot of valuable fishing time. Make sure you store them out of the way so they will not interfere with your casting or retrieving areas.
When you hook a fish while in the belly boat, make sure you paddle away from any obstacles in the water such as a fallen tree or boulders. The fish can get caught up on something and you do not have the mobility that you would on shore. This is for the benefit of you, your equipment, and the fish if you plan to release it.
Another good time for a belly boat is if the lake has a retaining wall that you can't access. You can use a stealthy approach to get to the wall. The retaining walls heat up faster than anything in the lake and this will attract smaller fish. They come looking for debris and morsels. And we all know who comes looking for small feeder fish. So slither close with your boat, and maybe you will land one of the big lunkers.
If you do use a belly boat, keep your eyes on the sky. AT THE FIRST SIGN OF A STORM, paddle as fast as your little flippers will go. Don't hesitate. Safety is still first priority.
'Till next time